PMC okays Rs 95 lakh for Phule film; doubts over its future

The Standing Committee of the Pune Municipal Corporation gave unanimous nod for a proposal to sanction Rs 95 lakh to Sky Blue Multimedia for producing a film on the life of social reformer Savitribai Phule.

Written by Ajay Khape | Pune | Published: April 13, 2012 2:20:19 am

The Standing Committee of the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) gave unanimous nod for a proposal to sanction Rs 95 lakh to Sky Blue Multimedia for producing a film on the life of social reformer Savitribai Phule. The approval came at a meeting on Wednesday and was met with cheer,though doubts were raised regarding the move translating into reality. The proposal tabled by MNS corporator Rajendra Wagaskar said the estimated cost for making the film is Rs 2.46 crore and the civic body should take up the role of the main sponsor.

“A few citizens had approached me and said the film was based on the life of the social reformer. They said the film is being made to highlight the contribution of Savitribai Phule and requested the PMC to be the main sponsor for its production,” Wagaskar said.

The proposal was tabled and passed in public interest,he said adding,“We have to respect sentiment of citizens and put forward their request. Now,it is upto the civic administration to implement it.”

PMC Accounts Officer Ulka Kalaskar said the PMC administration had the powers to sanction only upto Rs 3 lakh for a social initiative. “The standing committee has decided to sanction Rs 95 lakh. The administration would now have to send the proposal to the state government for approval and cannot do anything without government nod,” she said.

When asked how much time it would take for the state government nod,Kalaskar said there is no specific time limit and it is upto the state government to decide. “Many such proposals of PMC have been pending with the state government for years,” she added.

Last year,elected representatives had taken the civic administration to task in the general body meeting over failure to implement decisions of the general body and standing committee to give financial assistance to sportspersons. The administration had admitted that PMC passed several resolutions to felicitate sportspersons while declaring financial assistance totalling Rs 70 lakh but it could not be implemented due to lack of policy.

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